NH9022 : Old Pack Horse Bridge at Carrbridge

taken 5 years ago, near to Carrbridge/Drochaid Chrr, Highland, Great Britain

Old Pack Horse Bridge at Carrbridge
Old Pack Horse Bridge at Carrbridge
Dating from the early eighteenth century, the old packhorse Bridge spanning the River Dulnain at Carrbridge, is reputed to be the oldest stone bridge in the Scottish Highlands. It was erected by Brigadier-General Sir Alexander Grant of Grant in 1717 for estate purposes to provide passage for foot passengers, horses and stock and for funerals to Duthil Churchyard, hence its other local name "the coffin bridge" (LinkExternal link Carrbridge Community page). It is a Category B listed building (Historic Scotland LB241 LinkExternal link ).
Carrbridge (Drochaid Chrr)

Carrbridge (Scottish Gaelic: Drochaid Chrr) is a village, about 10 km north of Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park. Until the bypass was constructed in the 1980s, the A9 road ran straight through the village.

The village is famous for its 18th century packhorse bridge (NH9022 : Old Pack Horse Bridge at Carrbridge ) around which it developed and from which it gets its name. The Old Bridge of Carr had been built in 1717 as a foot bridge and in 1791 a new toll bridge was built for wheeled transport, carrying first the Kinveachy to Dulsie Bridge military road and from 1803, the Perth - Inverness road as well. The 'T' junction at the new bridge was a natural place for a settlement to develop. The first building near the Bridge was an Inn. The 1808 village plan showed small crofts on along the new main road (Inverness Road). It was not until the opening of the Aviemore to Inverness spur of the Highland railway line in 1898 that Carrbridge grew from being a hamlet to becoming a village popular as a tourist destination.; an old holiday guide refers to Carrbridge as, "A quiet holiday village on the fringes of nowhere in particular". By the late 1950s Carrbridge was booming as the first ski-centre in Scotland.

LinkExternal link Carrbridge Community page

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Date Taken
Thursday, 6 April, 2017   (more nearby)
Saturday, 29 April, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Rivers, Streams, Drainage 
Camera (from Tags)
Panasonic Lumix TZ60 
River (from Tags)
River Dulnain 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NH 906 229 [100m precision]
WGS84: 57:17.0259N 3:48.9563W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NH 906 229
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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Scottish Highlands  Eighteenth Century  18th Century  Stone Bridge  Pack Bridge  Pack Horse Bridge  River  Historic Scotland  Category C  Listed Building 

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